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Working Trees for Islands

Agroforestry has been in use in the Pacific and Caribbean Islands for centuries, with diverse and well-developed management systems and multiple benefits.

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Forest Farming Ramps

The spring ephemeral, Allium tricoccum Ait. (called ramps in the south and wild leeks in more northern areas), is native to the forests of eastern North America. Forest farming ramps and managing ramp populations can generate income for landowners with small woodlots.

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Helping Wildlife Helps You

The latest issue of the Inside Agroforestry Newsletter has hit the streets. This issue is focused on wildlife, but you will also find stories about agroforestry riparian buffers, shade coffee, and diverse native hedgerows.

National Agroforestry Center

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals. Read more about the NAC…

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2015 North American Agroforestry Conference

Posted March 9, 2015

The 2015 North American Agroforestry Conference will be June 1-3, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. The call for papers has been extended to March 20, 2015. The Conference theme is “Agroforestry as a Catalyst for On-Farm Conservation and Diversification.” Pre-conference activities include a field tour on May 30th and a workshop on May 31st.

Visit the Online Registration web page for all registration, lodging, and call for papers information…

Past Proceedings of North American Agroforestry Conferences

Posted March 11, 2015

The Association of Temperate Agroforestry, AFTA, in cooperation with the University of Missouri has now made available online proceedings from past North American Agroforestry Conferences, NAAC. The 2009, 2011, and 2013 proceedings are available. Work is continuing to add the 1989-2007 proceedings.

Get the proceedings on the North American Agroforestry Conference web page…

Webinar on Urban Buffer Restoration

Posted January 12, 2015

The Urban Waters Restoration Network hosted a webinar in December on “Urban Buffer Restoration - The Answer to Your Urban River’s Problems?” The webinar describes a range of buffer types and uses and shares research about their effectiveness at filtering pollutants, providing habitat, and providing other benefits. It also provides examples of how groups have successfully worked with local leaders and others to get buffers restored or protected. An online toolkit is also provided. More information and a recording of the webinar are available.

Iowa Farmers Encouraged To Try Agroforestry

Posted January 12, 2015

Results from a study conducted by Trees Forever and funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture show promise for several agroforestry crops suitable for Iowa soils and climate. Jeff Jensen, northwest Iowa field coordinator for Trees Forever, examined six agroforestry crops: hazelnut, black walnut, chestnut, aronia berry, Christmas tree and elderberry. The research project included interviews with more than 20 growers about the opportunities and barriers of each crop. The 35-page report provides information about site selection, marketing, cultivars, pest and disease issues, weed control, sources for seedlings and other resources. Read the entire report…

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About Agroforestry

Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Agroforestry takes advantage of the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. Agroforestry practices include:

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About the NAC

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) had its origins in the 1990 Farm Bill. It began as a Forest Service Research and State & Private Forestry effort in 1992 and expanded into a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1995. It is administered by the Forest Service's, Washington, DC, Office of Research and Development. NAC offices are located in Lincoln, Nebraska and Blacksburg, Virginia.

NAC accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals.

About Working Trees

The right trees planted in the right places for the right reasons can add value to land-use systems. That's the Working Trees message that helps natural resource professionals, community leaders, and landowners identify with the concept of agroforestry. NAC uses the Working Trees theme to promote the development of sustainable agriculture and communities.

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